Developing Low-carbon Products and Services

Time: 09:00 - 10:00

Date: 13/10/2022

Division: GBCC

Venue: Online

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Member Price: Free

Future Faces Members: Free

Non-Member Price: Free



A green economy is defined as low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive and enables productivity increases through investment into activities that allow for reduced carbon emissions and pollution. Research from Sustainability West Midlands suggests that GBSLEP’s Low Carbon and Environmental Goods Sector was worth around £6.3 Billion to the GBSLEP’s economy in 19/20. The research suggests there were around 2800 businesses in this sector and over 40,000 people employed.

It is vitally important that businesses recognise the net zero opportunities that are available to them. There is significant value in developing low-carbon products and services. This event will discuss how to develop low carbon products and services and will highlight the opportunities that are available to both larger businesses and SME’s and the benefits that they could see.

Attend this event to:

    • Understand the full product life cycle – developing products and services to make them more appealing to customers
    • Get help in understanding how to position your business to win contracts which stipulate the need for adherence to sustainability principles
    • Understand the value in making goods carbon efficient and how to do so.

Places are limited. To reserve your place and register today for this event, see the ‘book now’ tab. 

You can find other events as part of the Sustainable Business Series, by selecting the Series in the events calendar. 

Speakers include: 

Jack Kelly - Director of Corporate Affairs, Midland Heart 

Midland Heart is one of the region’s largest social landlords and developers of new affordable homes. For nearly 100 years they have been at the centre of our local communities supporting local people to live independent lives in safe, secure and well-maintained homes.

As many of the landlord’s homes are pre-war terrace homes in central Birmingham the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint is significant. They are currently part of an industry leading partnership with British Gas that is leading the way nationally on how to best retrofit green technologies to older homes, including solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

They are also the first developer to build homes to the government’s new Future Homes Standard, omitting 80% less carbon during construction and saving residents around 66% on their fuel bills.

Mark Smith - Business Engagement Manager, Aston University 

Mark has worked at Groundwork before joining Aston University. Mark has extensive experience in delivering environmental innovation programmes for business. This includes low-carbon innovation, eco-design and energy efficiency. The main focus has been on support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). I also have experience of business development and research funding (Research Councils, national and European funding).

Previous experience includes teaching and research in various Universities, including PhD supervision, and contributing to European environmental policy. I have also managed research projects, including Industry-University collaborative projects. I am a published author in peer-reviewed journals, books, conferences, reports, and articles. I have wide-ranging experience of presenting at and reviewing submissions to international conferences.

Jack has led communications, marketing, strategy, policy and talent departments in government, the private sector and housing. His work at Midland Heart focuses on managing the external environment, recruiting the best talent and building the right internal culture to ensure that the organisation stays ahead of its peers and the curve.

Third speaker TBC

This event has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2022 Sustainable Business Series.

The Sustainable Business Series is the Chambers flagship campaign on environmental sustainability aiming to share best practice, guidance and knowledge on the measures businesses can take, and commercial benefits of, progressing to net zero.

In 2022, the Series contains a series of free events and webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October and a Sustainable Business Summit on 2nd November. In addition, throughout the campaign, the Chambers will be publishing podcasts and blog content.

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, The University of Birmingham and Shakespeare Martineau.

If you don’t receive the zoom link the day prior to the event, then please get in touch with the Event Manager by emailing If you book on the day of the event, you will also receive the joining instructions before the event goes live.


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